It's been quite some time since the Garden City Buffaloes boys tennis team had captured a Class 6A regional tennis title.
So long that veteran coach Rod Robinson was going to have to look it up when he returned home to Garden City after watching his Buffs qualify both doubles teams and one singles players to claim the 6A regional title at Wichita Northwest's courts on Friday.
"The boys really played well throughout the day, and I couldn't be more proud of the effort they gave," Robinson said.
The Buffs' top doubles team of Will Keller and Daniel Darter earned the No. 1 seed and then went out and played like it.
In moving their season record to 29-3, Keller and Darter only lost seven games in their four match victories.
"They were just dominant all day," Robinson said of his pair of juniors, who will now go to Topeka on Friday with most of their teammates in tow. "We're excited for a lot of reasons."
The Buffs' No. 2 doubles team of Brian Carrera and Daniel Chacon got some redemption by placing fourth to earn their first trip to state as the seniors went 2-2 during the competition.
They won their first two matches by scores of 6-0, 6-0 and 7-5, 6-2, before running into Campus' top team, falling 6-3, 6-2.
It was the same Campus team that Keller and Darter rolled over by scores of 6-1, 6-2 in the title match.
Huy Nguyen had perhaps the toughest road to qualifying and played some of the hardest, longest matches of the day, Robinson said, to garner his fifth-place spot and finish among the top six qualifiers.
"He had some incredibly long, hard games in most of his matches," Robinson said of Nguyen. "I thought he was going to run out of energy as he was dealing with cramps off and on during the day."
Nguyen, seeded fourth, won his opening match, lost his quarterfinal match, and then came back to win his final two matches to secure fifth place.
Nguyen will take a 23-13 season record to the state tournament, which begins Friday at the Kossover Tennis Center in Topeka.
Carrera and Chacon are 27-10.
"I think we've got a good chance to playing on day two, and that's always our goal," Robinson said in looking ahead to the state tournament.